Composition: Hand dyed wool and cotton
Size: 91 x 153 cm (36 x 60 inches)
- Hand embroidered/chain-stitched
- All natural fibres – embroidered wool on cotton canvas
- Fair Trade certified
- Limited edition – individually numbered
- Certificate of Authenticity supplied with each kilim
- Royalties paid to the artist/family on every sale
- Hard wearing
- Back has non-slip surface
- Each kilim has flap on the rear for ease of hanging with dowel/rod
- Matching cushion covers are also available
Chain-stitched kilims are a traditional rug making technique from Kashmir. As people sat on the floor they were both homewares and decoration. As many artworks are painted on the ground or 3D surfaces/bodies most of the images do not have a set orientation so can also be hung portrait or landscape if preferred.
The artist: Nina Puruntatameri (born 1971) was taught to paint by her father, Romuald Puruntatameri.
As a 14 year old, she would come home from school and work with him, painting his spears. Nina Puruntatameri has worked at both Nguiu Adult Education and Munupi Arts & Crafts doing bark painting, screen-printing, works on linen, etchings and linocuts.
In 1993 Nina Puruntatameri won the Award for New Medium at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, providing recognition for her exceptional skills in etching. Her father, Romuald Puruntatameri, is represented in the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory Collection.Her grandfather, Paddy Teeampi Tepomitari Puruntatameri,and her aunt, Rosina Puantulura,both carvers, are represented in the Melbourne Museum Collection.
About the design: Kulama
The Kulama ceremony was given to the Tiwi people by the Nyingawi who are little spirit people (in Tiwi mythology). It is a celebration of life and food, occurring at the end of the wet season. The Tiwi know when to perform Kulama when the last full mooon of the wet season has a yellow halo surrounding it, which tells them that Japarra (the moon man) is ready for it to begin.
Art centre: Munupi Arts, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Do not put place/use in direct sunlight or colors may fade. To clean – careful hand-wash in warm water using a wool detergent. Can be ironed on a wool setting.
About the Better World Arts chainstitch kilim products
These beautiful, unique textiles are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri rug-making techniques. Chain stitched, using hand dyed wool, each is a completely handmade piece. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these products guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.